The counseling profession in Iowa is positioned for significant job growth, according to the Iowa Workforce Information Network. Jobs for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors are slated to grow by 28.2% in the ten years spanning 2006 to 2016, while mental health counseling and rehabilitation counseling positions will grow 28.6% and 23.6% respectively. But the largest gain will come in marriage and family therapy (MFT) positions, reported to grow 36.2% during the same time period.
And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, Iowa already has one of the highest concentrations of MFTs working in the state. The BLS ranks Iowa number four for having the most MFTs for every 1,000 residents, signaling the state's commitment to an emotionally healthy population. A continued emphasis on prevention programs designed to help individuals and families manage stress, cope with economic changes, and work through marital and individual problems translates into more and expanding roles for counselors in the state.
Overall, many areas of counseling are considered high-growth occupations by the nation, and Iowa continues to reflect that trend. If you are interested in the counseling profession, desiring a rewarding and challenging occupation, request information from the schools listed below.